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'''Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton''' Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council|PC (25 May 1803 – 18 January 1873), was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of bestseller|bestselling novels which earned him a considerable fortune. He coined the phrases "the great unwashed",#Quotations "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", "dweller on the threshold", as well as the well-known opening line "It was a dark and stormy night".first seven words of his novel ''Paul Clifford'' (1830)
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1803|5|25}}
Birth placeLondon
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1873|1|18|1803|5|25}}
Death placeTorquay
PartyWhig (British political faction)|Whig
Conservative Party (UK)|Conservative
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Trinity Hall, Cambridge
SpouseRosina Bulwer Lytton|Rosina Doyle Wheeler
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